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Mikoto’s: This Ain’t Your College Days Ramen for Sure

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Ramen has to be the most misunderstood food name around. When the word “ramen” is said, everyone thinks along the lines of the super cheap noodle prepackaged stuff that we all have eaten. Admit it, we all have memories of living on the stuff at times in our lives. 

Real ramen is not like that at all. And Tyler has an awesome option for REAL ramen…Mikoto Ramen Bar and Sushi. 

If you have never tried real ramen you are in for a treat. It is a rich broth served in many flavors (pork is a specialty). According to Wiki, ramen is a Japanese dish with a translation of “pulled noodles.” It consists of Chinese wheat noodles served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings.

Any of our signature Ramen bowls may come with any of the following toppings… seasoned egg, green onions, nori seaweed, bamboo, kikurage (mushrooms), bean sprouts, cabbage, corn, fish cake, avocado, or spring mix, and of course, the foundational elements: a selection of our savory broths, pork chashu, chicken chashu, braised beef, and 4 kinds of noodles. You can also add a side of Mikoto’s house special spicy sauce, black garlic oil, or ghost pepper (extra spicy) sauce for maximum flavor!”

“When it’s time to place your order, let your server know if you’d like something excluded, or if you’d like to play it safe and have it served on the side. We can also make substitutions and add things like fresh avocado or corn (additional charges may apply).”

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your bowl!

At Mikoto’s, favorites are:

Mega Pork Ramen which features three kinds of pork with a super-rich pork flavor in the broth. The pork was incredibly tender and juicy with a smokey flavor served in a rich hearty broth. I particularly like to get cabbage instead of noodles.

The Spicy Pork Curry is worth fighting traffic on Broadway. The Black Garlic Ramen has been a go-to for years. 

Patriot Delivery will bring it to your door if you want in case you don’t want to get out of your pajamas.

Mikoto’s also features a great sushi and sashimi menu, poke and rice bowls as well as gyozas (Japanese steamed dumplings, like potstickers), fried hand-rolled spring rolls, generous bowls of fried rice, and great attentive and friendly service.

Mikoto Ramen Bar & Sushi is conveniently located at 6611 S Broadway Ave. in Tyler. For more info go to mikotoramen.com. You can call (903)944-7962. They are open seven days a week 11am-10pm or order via Patriot Delivery.

Side note: Mikoto’s is a great placed for lunch. Typically, a bowl of the signature ramen takes only 8 minutes or less to prepare, depending on the crowd.

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Piada Italian Street Food: A New Concept in South Tyler

 

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Piada Italian Street Food will debut its first East Texas location in Tyler, Texas in early 2017.

The 2,416-square-foot fast casual restaurant, located off Highway 69 S, across from Faulkner Park at 8942 S. Broadway Ave., Ste. #140, will be Piada’s first in East Texas, and the seventh Texas-wide. The Tyler location will seat 60 guests comfortably inside the restaurant and will feature light-filled interiors and modern, European-inspired décor with design elements including warm-stained concrete floors, crisp LED lighting, and handmade white oak furniture, plus Carrara marble, brushed aluminum, painted brick, and subway tile accents. Piada CEO Chris Doody is thrilled to be opening his first restaurant in east Texas. “We’re excited to bring a fresh, modern Italian concept to the fast-growing community of Tyler, a major east Texas hub,” said Doody. “We invite Tyler area residents to sign up for a special VIP sneak peek of the restaurant ahead of its official opening.”

piada-italian-street-food-tyler-txIn addition, the namesake Piada is a thin crust, handmade dough, which is baked on a stone grill, filled with specialty items and then rolled as guests watch the entire process. Guests can enjoy other entrees including pasta bowls and chopped salads. Each is comprised of a grill item, cheese, and vegetables. Diners can choose from three signatures per category, such as the Chef’s Favorite Piada with spicy Diavolo sauce, romaine, sweet and spicy peppers, mozzarella, and shaved and creamy parmesan, basil pesto pasta with parmesan Alfredo, sundried tomatoes, and freshly grated parmesan, as well as the balsamic salad with spinach, shaved napa and red cabbage, feta, bruschetta tomatoes, red onions, spiced pecans, Granny Smith apples, and balsamic dressing – all customizable with an added protein. Grill selections range from all-natural rosemary, garlic, and lemon chicken to spicy Italian sausage with fennel and herbs, and salmon prepared with lemon and olive oil, while toppings span artichokes to black olives.

The made-to-order menu also features seasonal specials. Try the Fall Steak Avocado Piada, which is hand-rolled with grilled steak, arugula, pancetta, avocado, fresh mozzarella, spicy balsamic aioli, pepitas, and roasted butternut squash, or the Harvest Grain and Apple Salad with crispy chicken fritte, mixed field greens, crumbled feta, Granny Smith apples, pepitas, and the Harvest Grain Seasonal Side with dried cranberries, spiced pecans, and roasted butternut squash tossed with lemon basil dressing.

Entrees are complemented by sides including tomato basil and lobster bisque soups, two kinds of hand-rolled breadsticks – Parmigiano-Reggiano and pepperoni served with a creamy parmesan dipping sauce – and decadent Cannoli Chips dessert incorporating crispy, rolled Italian cookies lightly tossed in powdered sugar and accompanied by chocolate chip cream icing. Beverage service showcases Italian sodas and teas alongside Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino waters. A kid’s menu is also available.

Piada Italian Street Food began as an idea scribbled on a napkin during a visit to Rimini, Italy. Their Chefs found “distinct charm in the family operated food carts and corner markets scattered throughout the streets of the city where the aroma of fresh basil, hand-crafted cured meats, and homemade cheeses saturated the air. This trip began their obsession…inspiration…mission to bring this experience back to the United States.”

They opened the first Piada restaurant in 2010 with a mission to create fresh, modern Italian food focused on the preparation of high quality ingredients and attention to simplistic cooking. Today’s consumers are looking for healthier, better quality food with convenient, fast delivery to accommodate their hectic lifestyles. Piada was created with the belief that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and flavor for speed and value.

Service will be provided continuously 10:45am-10pm seven days a week, and catering will also be available. For more info and to sign up for a chance to attend Piada’s Tyler Pre-Opening VIP week, go to mypiada.com/tyler. You can also like Piada on Facebook @piadaitalianstreetfood, follow on Twitter @mypiada, and Instagram @piadaitalianstreetfood.

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Eat & Drink Local: Who is Open, Their Menus & More

Welcome to EGuideMagazine.com‘s new#EatLocalTyler page!

Currently, you can dine-in in limited areas, order take out at the curbside, go through the drive-thru from some local restaurants, and get delivery from a variety of services.

And thanks to Governor Abbott, restaurants can continue to sell alcohol to go!

Links to restaurant’s new condensed menus, websites for ordering, phone numbers, and what is available (delivery, drive-thru, curbside, etc…), and if they have opened their dining rooms are all posted below in a convenient and easy to use format.

Check back often, this list changes hourly!

To add your restaurant or report any changes or additions, email eguidemagazine@gmail.com.

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Foodie Events: Yum Yum Fun

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Tyler and Northeastern Texas is a food lover’s paradise with an elaborate selection of cuisine types to cooking classes to the wonderful Farmer’s Market. Check out these events going on:

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